Skip to main content

English Research Guide: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

  • Last Updated: Feb 8, 2019 11:48 AM
  • URL:
  • Print Page
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Where is Search Anything?

Use the Search box above to "Search Anything" using Summon.

You can also search this, and all other, Research Guides, using the Search Box locating in the top right corner of the page.

Ask Us

Rachel Schwedt's picture
Rachel Schwedt


The Jerry Falwell Library (with the exception of the curriculum library)  uses the Library of Congress Classification system to organize the collection and create call numbers. Here is a breakdown of some of the relevant call numbers for English and languages:

P - Philology, Linguistics PJ - Oriental languages and literature
PA - Greek and Latin language and literature PN - Literature
PB - Modern and Celtic languages PQ - French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese literature
PC - Romance languages PR - English literature
PD - Germanic languages PS - American literature
PE - English language PT - German, Dutch, Flemish literature
PF - West Germanic languages PZ - Fiction


Literary encyclopedias can be a good starting point for research. Below is a sample of some of the literary encyclopedias owned by the library for your use. Many other such resources can be found in the library catalog.


These dictionaries are a sample of the materials available in the Jerry Falwell Library collection to support research in English and modern languages. Search the catalog for more options.